Lush peachy pink colored roses in all stages of blooming are painted in acrylics as they climb a brick wall on a 19″ X 12″ piece of old roofing slate. Some roses are heavy with petals glistening in the sun, others are barely opened buds or drying rose hips. The background bricks were inspired by the dark stains imbedded in the old slate. My signature insect here is a pale Malachite butterfly.
This cabinet is painted with an ocean scene which wraps continuously around all three sides . After receiving this commission I visited a cousin’s beach house and saw their entrance to the beach. I knew immediately that this was the perfect scene for this cabinet. The left side has a Sandpiper bird. The right side is simple with just the sky, sand dunes and a few rocks piled in the sand. Notice how the knobs are painted as part of the scene too.
Blue Hydrangeas are among my favorite flowers so I was delighted with the request to paint them on a Lazy Susan. Real Hydrangeas bushes often have blossoms in a variety of stages of blooming so I like to paint them to reflect that. The mottled greenish yellow background seems to glow with sunlight. Even though the butterfly looks real enough to take off in flight, I did not want it to compete for center stage, therefore I chose the subtly charming Western Tailed Blue butterfly for my signature insect. The edges of the discs are painted in gold and a pretty periwinkle blue.
The Lazy Susan was provided by the client. It was unfinished, and of such a fine quality, that I could not resist painting on the intended underside as well. I did a little faux work making it appear as if the small bottom disc were a china plate and I painted this Hydrangea in a style one might see on a dinner plate. There is also a simple design on the yellow portion that shows of the underside of the top disc.